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Green for the Holidays

posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

All of our holiday greenery comes from Continental Floral Greens, a West Coast purveyor of sustainable and gorgeous greens. Their Western greens are grown in the wild, just as Mother Nature intended, and they take great care of the land and resources so they can harvest beautiful greens now and for generations to come. They are part of the water recycling program in California, certified MPS-A for all western greens, and operate with minimal usage of non-toxic fertilizers. Sustainable home décor available in our floral department Poinsettias $7.99 each Our gorgeous velvety poinsettias are grown on a small California family farms that's been producing them sustainably for 50 years. 24” Noble Fir Wreath$19.99 each Harvested from the slopes of Mount St. Helens, this wreath is the perfect way to welcome friends and family. Farmhouse Holiday Swag $9.99 each Give your front door some holiday swagger with this impressive alternative to a traditional wreath. Blue Noble… Read More

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Bristol Farms offers fresh uncooked turkeys or cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving ordering. If you choose to go with a fresh turkey this year, here are a few cooking tips and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving easier and tastier! Turkey Cooking Tips: Set your oven to 325°F. We recommend using a meat thermometer. Be sure the thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching the bone. Cook to an internal temperature of 180° F. Approximate Cooking Times: Stuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 3 - 4 hours 12-16 lbs: 4 - 5 hours 16-20 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 1/2 - 6 hours Unstuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours 12-16 lbs: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours 16-20 lbs: 4 1/2 - 5 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours Recipes: Holiday Turkey Brine Ingredients: - 1 package Bristol Farms Dry Brine Mix (available during the holidays) - 1 quart water - 1 box of 2 bags Reynolds Turkey Roasting Bags - 1 16-24lb Turkey (thawed) - 1 gallon Apple Cider… Read More

How To Set The Perfect Table

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

The holidays are coming up which means you'll be hosting (or attending) more dinner parties. Use these helpful tips to impress everyone at the table: Setting a table: Silverware should go in order of the course. Salad and soup on the outside, main course on the inside, dessert above dinner plate (optional). Bread plate and butter knife are on the left and your drinks go on the right. You can stack your plates before the meal in order of course offered. Main plate on the bottom, the salad plate, and a soup bowl on top. A napkin with a festive napkin ring can help dress up any plain napkin or add color to your table setting. Dining tips: If a first course of salad or soup is offered, use the outer utensils first. The fork will be smaller and the spoon will be larger than their counterparts. Your drinks are always on your right and your bread plate is always to the left. A fun way to remember this is making a "b" and "d" with your hands. Don't butter your… Read More

It’s Pumpkin Time

posted on October 4th, 2016 by John Savidan

Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing… pumpkin time!  What is great about pumpkin time is all the decorating you can do with a full line up of fall harvest décor items you can find at your local Bristol Farms. This year’s offering includes: carving pumpkins, mini pumpkins (orange and white), gourds, ornamental corn and the list goes on and on! Pumpkins are so versatile these days that not only are they great for carving and decorating, they are also great to make your favorite fall pumpkin dish (can’t beat a homemade pumpkin pie!).  All of our pumpkins are grown locally here in California where they are pampered in the warm days and cool nights of Northern California!  Make sure to come visit us today before it’s too late… Halloween is almost here! Read More

Host Your Own Oktoberfest with Bristol Farms

posted on September 19th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Oktoberfest is a Bavarian tradition held in Munich, Germany from late September thru the first weekend of October. It is the largest celebration in the world, in that approximately 6 million people are in attendance, consuming more than 7 million liters of beer. It lasts 16 days (with a few exceptions mandated by calendar) and has been held and enjoyed by its citizens since 1810. These days, one doesn't have to travel the globe to attend an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. There are many hosted locally where you can enjoy great food and brews with a crowd of jolly folks, but if you prefer a more intimate affair, take our tips below for hosting your own Oktoberfest celebration right in your own backyard. Beer is definitely the star of the show at any Oktoberfest celebration, but food is a key element in the success of the party. Go beyond pretzels and sauerkraut with these recipes and products found at Bristol Farms. Drink • Browse our beer cooler for a broad range… Read More

Fermented Flavors of Fall

posted on September 9th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Autumn is just around the corner, a mere two weeks away in fact for you doubters. The evenings are already giving way to cooler temperatures, so it makes sense that we shift gears and start thinking about fall. With the change of seasons, we begin to enjoy the bounty of new crop fruits and vegetables, and a new feeling of contentment. Enough with the scorching weather, and yes, start digging out the sweaters. Already there is talk of the holiday season with all the fabulous flavors and fantastic dishes that coincide. So allow us to pile on, lightly, with the first of the season autumnal beers where of course, Pumpkin, is the main course. If you're hopped out and want something that will help segue to the cooler months and fuller beers, a myriad of great brewers have latched on to this traditional fall cultivar, actually a squash, but who’d want a squash beer? OK, I digress. The beauty is, they come in all sorts of styles, so if you don’t like dark beers, you have choices… Read More

The Art of Summertime Ales

posted on June 14th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

The Golden State is known for a great many things, but one that is absolutely exploding in popularity is the artisan culture of Craft Brewing. Originally considered home of the modern independent Brewer, California introduced Anchor Brewing, New Albion, and Sierra Nevada, each building successful businesses out of their passion, creativity, and rehabbing the remains of many unsuccessful ventures. Fast forward to the 21st century, California’s number continues to impress with more brewery applications submitted annually than many states have in production. With entrepreneurs seeding most every Metropolitan district, they are many, spontaneous, and varied. It takes tremendous business acumen as well as drive and inspiration to keep ahead of the conglomerates, which is what this great state is known for. We urge you to experience the local flair and their signature flavor profiles, each unique unto itself. Bristol Farms is proud to offer one of the south-land's best selections of… Read More

Four Roses Bristol Farms Private Selection Single Barrel Bourbon

posted on June 7th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Bourbon Whiskey has grown to become one of the hottest commodities in spirits today. The mysterious dark spirit’s consumption is far outpacing its production, and by large margins. There are many brands that clutter shelves, with many startups and many styles, which makes one weary about investing in an unknown. The art of whiskey is no small matter. There are variables too many to mention, but the base is always corn (51% minimum) often augmented by rye, wheat, and barley, and is always aged in new charred American oak barrels. The house recipe is important, as is the aging regimen, the water, and of course the experience of the distiller. While Bourbon is uniquely American, the process was borrowed from our Scottish friends, whom had something promising of their own happening. Ageing is a crucial element that contributes a large portion of the whiskey's character to the liquid. As barrels rest in the hot humid barrelhouse, the expansion and contraction of wood throughout the… Read More

Great Gifts for Dad

posted on June 6th, 2016 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

When it comes to Father's Day, finding the perfect gift for Dad can be a challenge! If they want something, they tend to go out and get it themselves. Sure, there is always the go-to grooming products, nice shirt, new wallet, or tie, but he can only have too many of those. If you want to find something a little more exciting and tailored to a more specific interest, here are a few of our top gifts for Dad that he is sure to love. For the Dads that like to enjoy their whiskey on the rocks, the stylish lightweight Nachtmann Vivendi Glass Whiskey Tumbler by Riedel is the perfect solution. Made of clear glass with a platinum finishing process for durability and brilliant shine. These glasses are in a pleasant shape with slight rounding and weighted base for a classic profile. These are a perfect pairing with our Four Roses Single Barrel Whiskey. If your Dad is serious about his brew, then he may be interested in brewing his own. The Beer Making Kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop offer… Read More

Sweet Blueberries for Memorial Day (Plus Recipe)

posted on May 27th, 2016 by John Savidan

Blueberries could easily be named the most perfect berry. They are sweet, sometimes surprisingly tart, ultra nutritious, and are perfect for popping in your mouth for snack time. They are very forgiving and can be added to a variety of sweet desserts, savory dishes, compotes, and preserves...the options are limitless! Speaking of nutrition, blueberries are always low in fat, high in fiber, and are bursting with antioxidants. They are a phytonutrient superstar! This weekend, you can relish in the sweetness of large, plump blueberries in a large 18 oz. container for just $5.99. Sale is good through May 30. Enjoy them in a fruit salad, as a topping for cheesecake, or as a sweet surprise in a Memorial Day Cocktail, such as the recipe below. Enjoy! Red, White & BlueBERRY Memorial Day Cocktail Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients: 2 sprigs of fresh mint, muddled 10 blueberries 3 strawberries, cut in fours 2 ounces vodka 4 ounces lemonade a splash of 7-up. Method: Mix all… Read More

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